Monday, October 7, 2013

Yezi Tea Tie Guan Yin Master Grade

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 45 seconds
Water Temperature: 200 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: bright gold

The taste of this tea was full of the sweet floral notes reminiscent of orchid. The finish was brightly vegetal and very refreshing. It maintained its well rounded flavor without much change in taste or intensity across at least four infusions. Once unfurled the leaves were quite large and leathery in appearance. I actually had to pull some of them out of my gaiwan to leave room for adding water. The mouth-feel was fairly thick and there was hardly any astringency. Overall it was a classic example of this famous tea. I really love that +Yezi Tea's website has a profile of the farmer who produced this tea, Huang Jian. The variety of pictures provided showing the steeped leaves and liquor are also a big help for buyers, especially when purchasing a tea without tasting it first. This is the first tea that I've tried from this company and so far I am impressed. I have a sample of their Tie Guan Yin High Grade which that was produced by the same farmer. It will be interesting to compare the two. Meiquin calls herself the "Premier Leaf" at Yezi Tea in her introductory blog post and her passion for tea is obvious.

Check out my article on the legend of how Tie Guan Yin got its name.

You can find out more about this tea here.